BENGALURU: After the death of Bengaluru-based businessman Surendra Parchuri, 51, the fate of his around 40 dogs remain uncertain.
Surendra was shot dead on Diwali night by unidentified bikers. The investigations on his murder is still going on. Surendra was an animal lover and housed seven dogs in his residence in Sanjaynagar and thirty dogs in a shelter on IVC Road, Devanahalli. He even employed seven employees in Devanahalli.
In his Sanjaynagar residence, the dogs are currently being looked after by Jaya Aniker, the house owner. Surendra had rented out the house from her.
All dogs were rescued or adopted, an animal activist Surya Singh who runs Save Animals India tells City Express. Jaya is willing to pay monthly fees to the person who adopts the seven dogs in his residence.
Another animal activist Sudha Narayan says the police is very cooperative when it comes to taking care of the dogs. “They said that only when Surendra's family from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, comes, we can finally decide what to do with the dogs.”
Surya was in touch with Surendra until two days before his death.
Surya says, “The property is near my shelter. I wanted to meet him to talk about providing shelter to some of my dogs, but he was not free. When I spoke to him over the phone, he said he would come visit my shelter after Diwali. I was not aware of his death as I hadn’t read the newspaper or watched news. I went to his office on Wednesday and found it locked. That’s how I got to know he is no more.”
Surya then rushed to Surendra’s shelter only to find the dogs starving. The staff had fed them little bit of Pedigree. “They were hungry. I made some arrangements for their food. I already have about 90 dogs in my shelter. It is getting difficult to maintain. So, we are looking to give the dogs up for adoption. There are a few handicapped dogs, which I will take to my shelter.”
All the dogs are over two-years-old, most of whom are Indies. There are a few breed dogs as well, like
“We see tears in the dogs' eyes. They have understood that their father is no more. I have made arrangements for some rice to feed these dogs. The staff says they have not been paid for two to three months. They do not seem interested,” adds Surya.
Chandrashekar, the owner of the land Surendra had leased out in Devanahalli and also an advocate, says Surendra had taken the land from him on lease from April 1, this year. “I went to Sanjay Nagar Police Station. I do not know what is happening. I was asked to wait from 11 am to 8 pm, just for an hour of questioning and investigation. There are many police officers investigating the case. The ACP asked me to give him a requisition. I gave it immediately asking to give the dogs to some needy people. They have asked to wait for two days and that nothing can be done until they visit the property and mark the area for investigation. Another inspector told me the dogs can be taken away now.”
He adds, he has spoken to couple of people who can adopt the dogs. He claims that he’s been giving money to the staff of Parchuri, to feed the dogs.
“I am spending Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 every day. I cannot afford to take care of these dogs. If they are not adopted, we would shift them to the shelter. That’s our last resort," says Chandrashekar.
If you are willing to adopt the dogs, contact Surya Singh, Save Animals India.